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Old 03-25-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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Cheesy Shrimp on Grits Toast

I hope this thread doesn't get removed. I love looking at the American Food TV website. There was this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._33221,00.html

I was wondering if everyone would think this would be equally yummy using polenta rounds instead.

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Old 03-25-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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i think a cheesey polenta round would work perfectly, maybe even better velo. in fact, i think i'd prefer polenta.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:14 AM   #3
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I saw this episode Velo and thought it sounded really interesting and good. The only thing that I was a little gun shy about was the grits. I'd never had them so I wasn't sure what the flavor or texture would be like. But I love the whole polenta idea. Let us know how it turns out when you try it.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:27 AM   #4
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Sizzlin - I'm originally from Indiana!! :) I'm ashamed to not even know what grits are.

If I ever try this recipe, I'll let ya'll know how it turns out. I'm always out on that website looking. I probably cook about 5% of the recipes I download. Sometimes it's just a matter of access to the ingredients.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:33 AM   #5
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Grits and Polenta are the same thing...cornmeal mush. Difference being, grits are made from white corn, polenta from yellow.
I never liked either, but it's been years since I tried them. It's possible my tastes have changed.
My first husband loved grits, and I cooked them for him often. Once I tried a recipe from a magazine for a grits casserole that had sausage, cheese and onions in it. He loved it.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:38 AM   #6
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Thank you, Constance. I guess I thought grits were like oats, but of course that was just some far-flung impression from childhood.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:52 AM   #7
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Ok....let me get this right. Polenta and Grits are the same thing but ones yellow and ones white? So are Grits and Cream of Wheat the same thing? I just thought they resembled each other so maybe they were. If thats the case I love cream of wheat with sugar and milk.

I know that Mush is really polenta.....just figured that out recently. I love fried mush with butter and syrup.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:54 AM   #8
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No, Sizzlin...Cream of Wheat is made from wheat. Grits and Polenta are made from cornmeal.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:58 AM   #9
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Hmmmmm.........I'm just going to have to fix some and see if I like them I guess. My girlfriend went down to GA and ate at Paula Deans resturant. I asked her if she tried grits and she said she didn't know. Said there was something white and creamy on the buffet and her and her husband tried them and they were really good but were afraid to sound stupid and ask if thats what they were. Heck I would of.........its not like no one would figure out they weren't southern and would know that when they spoke. And personally I want to know what it is I'm eating before I put it in my mouth.
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Old 03-25-2006, 11:46 AM   #10
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Grits are different than polenta in that one is not ground as finely. Grits are made from hominy which in turn is made from corn. To me the taste is somewhat different. It also matters if the grits are cooked properly; many do not cook them enough or they have only tried the "instant" grits. IMO the "instant" does not qualify as grits!! If you get the "quick cooking" and cook them longer, you will get a much better product. Polenta would work with this recipe but the grits are wonderful in this!! I've made this recipe quite a few times with grits.
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